Anime Vice News

One Fan’s Opinion: Manga Slowpokes Need to Go

I’m done, I’m breaking up with slow manga.

Have you ever driven behind someone that was going ten miles-per-hour behind the speed limit, and then when they did get off the road, they take those 10 unnecessary seconds to take an extra slow right turn? Yes, anger is perhaps the leading emotion you feel at that time. Anger is what I feel too when I’m trying to follow a manga’s storyline that isn’t going anywhere because of their slow release schedule. If you are going this slow, either finish quickly or don’t drive at all!



I admit, I am spoiled by weekly manga magazines like Shonen Jump. Every week I get a nice section of a bigger story that I can actively follow throughout my life. Hell, I would love a new chapter of One Piece every day, but 20 or so pages of story line per week is enough for me. However, 20 pages of Berserk per month, or every other month is painful. But it isn’t just painful, it’s hard to get emotionally attached to anything when you get such an insignificant taste of it every month.

The two biggest manga series guilty of this crime against humanity are Berserk and Hunter X Hunter. The sad part is, Hunter X Hunter is supposed to be released weekly, but since the mangaka decides to take a break every other chapter or so, it feels like the manga is going nowhere.

Hunter x Hunter Vol 24
Hunter x Hunter Vol 24
Now I know these are not the only two manga that are slow like this, and it isn’t always a bad thing because you can always experience them later as collected volumes. But even then these volumes are held back because of the mangaka’s slow release schedule, and if this goes on for too long the emotional link between the reader and the manga breaks, and the reader stops caring. The only way to fix it then is to end the manga. I don’t care if a manga is long, its just the long, slow ones that need to be concluded as quickly as possible.

The best way to experience these stories is just to wait for the manga volumes to be released and read them that way. Or just wait until the manga finishes, and read the entire thing then. Just please, what ever you do, put me out of my misery.
wwfunderakeron June 22, 2010 at 12:24 p.m.
Berserk manga takes longer than a month, more like 3 or 4 months. I agree with the number of pages, Bleach, One Piece and many others can produce 20 pages a week, why cant Berserk.
Whiskeyjackon June 22, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.
Compare the visual quality of many of the regular shonen titles that are pumped out on a weekly basis, to series that take significantly longer to release the same amount of content, like Berserk, or Blade of the Immortal.
 
If it's a choice between getting the story slammed out or taking its time and looking excellent, I know which I'll choose every time.
 
Not that I don't wish BotI would come out faster, but I know that it would compromise the quality.
Karasuon June 22, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
Slow development is why I don't bother with series I find to have more than 5 to 8 volumes.
Chromaon June 22, 2010 at 12:59 p.m.
I agree with Whiskeyjack for the most part. It depends on the story. If the quality is really high than it is also worth waiting for. But for many stories a faster schedule is obviously preferable. 
Dream moderator on June 22, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
Just to show a comparison of visual quality, here are a few panels from Berserk:
 






And here are some samples from the latest chapters of Naruto:






More spread out release dates equal more time to preparing quality of visual details and the plotting to a series.
Chromaon June 22, 2010 at 1:29 p.m.
@Dream: Thanks for that. I'd say that makes the point well.
NickLotton June 22, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.
It should probably be noted that Hunter X Hunter's creator needs to take periodic breaks because of his ongoing health issues.  
 
And I would take one chapter of Berserk over one thousand chapters of the dribble in Shonen Jump.
hitsusatsu11on June 22, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
@Dream: Berserk kinda didn't even look like it was inked
BobCaton June 22, 2010 at 10:34 p.m.
I've been releasing 3 pages a week for the HKSS manga - and that's an improvement over 2 pages a week when the manga first came out.   I don't draw, I have to depend on other artists to get it done, and this is not a professional manga.  
Ashuronon June 23, 2010 at 12:51 a.m.
@NickLott said:
" It should probably be noted that Hunter X Hunter's creator needs to take periodic breaks because of his ongoing health issues.   And I would take one chapter of Berserk over one thousand chapters of the dribble in Shonen Jump. "
What is his health issue again?
GodLen staff on June 23, 2010 at 10:59 a.m.
@Ashuron: no one knows for sure.
jrnemanichon June 23, 2010 at 7:11 p.m.
There is a rumor around that the hunter x hunter's creator takes a break when ever a dragon quest game comes out and that is his  "illness"  
KaiokenKidon June 23, 2010 at 10:31 p.m.

I would like to demand that Hellsing be put on this list. Seriosuly, it took the guy 7 Years to release all 10 volumes to america. its the fact that it took him so long to put out translated versions of only 10 volumes that I think should warrent a entry. lor knows how long its been in japan before they finished it.  
 
and on a side note,when the hell am I getting OVA 5 in America?
transgojoboton June 24, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.
Kentaro Miura (Berserk) and Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter) must have some of the sweetest deals in Japanese publishing. That, or compromising photos of their editors. How the heck do these two put food on their tables, if they're cranking out pages at a snail's pace? Do they come from rich backgrounds? Do they get mammoth residuals from merchandise/volume sales?
xElectrastarxon June 24, 2010 at 4:22 a.m.
Well, even if they take their sweet time drawing and writing their stories, at least they continue them. It's not like Clamp and X which has never been officially completed...
Nerxon June 24, 2010 at 4:57 a.m.
Patience is Virture
Killajadeon June 24, 2010 at 6:45 a.m.
Something of note with the Berserk mangaka is that he pretty much dropped the manga over a period to watch idolm@ster MAD's on niconico and have really only drawn moe art and done character design for a Vocaloid since, only recently has he gotten back to making Berserk again.
Sombreon June 24, 2010 at 5 p.m.


Gozertcon June 24, 2010 at 9:06 p.m.

I would also like to point out all of the people doing comics online for free that are on daily, 5 day, 3 day, or even weekly issues.  It's nice to see content regularly and some have been updating daily for YEARS.  (http://www.schlockmercenary.com  anyone? :) ) So yeah, I agree slow updating ANYTHING is annoying.  :)  

Dig Deeper into Hunter × Hunter

In Hunter × Hunter, the Hunters are elite people who specializes task that no average person can do. To become a Hunter one must acquire a Hunter licence, but getting one is no easy challenge.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (32 Posts)
Add/View Images (87 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel